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David Skrela

David Skrela

David Skrela

David Skrela denied Wasps an away win to begin their Heineken Cup campaign as fell to an 18-16 defeat against defending champions Toulouse.

Skrela scored all of his side's points with six penalties in wet conditions in the south of France.

Wasps scored the only try through substitute David Lemi in the second period while David Walder had the chance to win the tie with a last-gasp penalty but the fly-half pulled his kick wide of the posts.

Wasps took the lead in the fourth minute courtesy of a Walder penalty from close-range but Toulouse levelled on 11 minutes when fly-half Skrela fired home a routine penalty.

Fly-half Walder quickly replied with his second successful kick before Skrela was fortunate when his next effort hit the bar and bounced over to tie the scores at 6-6.

Skrela saw his previous good luck desert him when he crashed another penalty against the left up-right but he made no mistake to put the French giants ahead for the first time on 31 minutes.

Wasps refused to buckle and after a quick-tap by skipper Tom Rees, Walder calmed slotted home a fine drop goal to head into the interval all square at 9-9.

Toulouse dominated possession for large periods in the second half but Guy Noves' men were forced to wait until the hour mark to regain the lead when Skrela added his fourth penalty. He added a fifth to extend the hosts' lead to six points before the game's talking point.

Walder kicked through and after Clement Poitrenaud hesitated, replacement Lemi kicked ahead twice before touching down. Referee George Clancy failed to spot the Samoan wing's hand on the ball but, at the first stoppage in play, the official asked for the television match official who, after viewing a replay, gave the green light for the opening try of the match and Walder converted.

But the lead was short-lived as the visitors were penalised at a scrum and Skrela took advantage before Walder was given the chance to seal a famous win for the Aviva Premiership outfit in the dying seconds but his attempt was off target.

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